IN LOVING MEMORY
Death is a turning point for those who stay. When a loved one is lost, there is a serious emotional blow to the family and friends, and it is normal for them to continue feeling, to some degree, emotionally involved with the deceased even for many years after his death. Accepting the loss implies having to learn to live without the loved one.
For this reason, we create self-defense mechanisms, sometimes quite peculiar: we customize the person´s grave, we maintain traditions from when he was still alive, or we sanctify him with requests and prayers. Thanks to these rituals, however curious they may be, it is possible to go ahead, alleviating, little by little, the affliction of grief.
I have been working on this project for years and it is still in progress. Every country I go, I plan to visit, at least, one cemetery, in search for this type of tradition, aiming to compare and contrast different cultures, as well as study the evolution of this practice worldwide.